I know a kid who, upon hearing that he would be taking swimming lessons everyday at summer school, said, chin quivering and eyes welling up with tears, "I don't want to take swimming lessons. I can't put my face in the water!"
Cut to: Four weeks later
He loves his daily, 30-minute Red Cross swimming lesson, and is more confident in the water than I could have hoped after only a month. We've been swimming nearly every weekend this summer and Ben enjoys every opportunity to show us, over and over again, how he can put his head under water.
He even wants to practice in the bathtub.
I suspect things like the feeling of floating, the oddly muffled sound and sensation of pressure when one is underwater are fascinating and comforting to Ben as they are for many individuals on (and off) the spectrum.
My meager hopes for swimming lessons were that he 1) wouldn't refuse to go and that he would 2) take an interest in what the other kids were doing, enough to just get in the water.
Exceeded expectations: Check.